• UK wins OneWeb auction

    UK wins OneWeb auction
    The UK government’s $500 million bid for the OneWeb satellite constellation, made with Bharti Enterprises, has won the auction for the system in New York. Bharti is also putting in $500 million. The UK will take a 45% stake in OneWeb. The government hopes that the constellation will provide both broadband access and GPS services. However ...
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  • ESA’s Copernicus Earth observation programme overlooks UK Space

    ESA’s Copernicus Earth observation programme overlooks UK Space
    The European Space Agency (ESA) is expanding its Copernicus Earth observation satellite programme but the UK is being left behind as the organisation decides its six prime contractors for missions. The development contracts are worth €2.5 billion, and companies in France, Germany, Italy and Spain will lead work on the various missions – Thales Alenia ...
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  • Hong Kong’s status as semiconductor hub under threat

    Hong Kong’s status as semiconductor hub under threat
    The new law imposed by China on Hong Kong and the subsequent withdrawal of the US preferential treatment for Hong Kong could affect the semiconductor supply chain as where it passes through Hong Kong, says TrendForce. Hong Kong is a big warehousing location for semiconductor manufacturers and distributors. The US government’s action is aimed at ...
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  • Raspberry Pi adds Khronos vision API

    Raspberry Pi adds Khronos vision API
    Raspberry Pi is adopting the OpenVX 1.3 API to improve computer vision. The open and royalty-free API  comes from the Khronos Group whose members include AMD, Apple, Arm, Epic Games, Google, Samsung, Intel, Nvidia, Boeing and IKEA. “The Khronos Group and Raspberry Pi have come together to work on an open-source implementation of OpenVX 1.3, ...
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  • e-peas raises €8m

    e-peas raises €8m
    e-peas,  the energy harvesting specialist, has completed a €8 million funding round. The company has raised an additional €8 million worth of investment from Partech and Airbus Ventures, with KBC Focus Fund, W.IN.G, Noshaq Ventures, LeanSquare, Nivelinvest and Vives also contributing. The money will be used  to accelerate the introduction of new products and intensify ...
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  • Semcon and Power Cell combine on hydrogen fuel cell production

    Semcon and Power Cell combine on hydrogen fuel cell production
    Semcon of Sweden is deepening its collaboration with fuel cell manufacturer PowerCell by developing a new robotic cell with the use of vision technology that will streamline the production of hydrogen fuel cells for vehicles. The fuel cells use hydrogen to produce electricity and heat, with emissions of only water. Semcon has been engaged to ...
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  • Rackmount has 16xUSB ports and two Thunderbolt 3 host connections

    Rackmount has 16xUSB ports and two Thunderbolt 3 host connections
    Saelig has introduced the Cambrionix ThunderSync3-16, a rackmount or desktop charger which provides 16 x USB 3.2 ports and two Thunderbolt 3 host connection, capable of transfer speeds of up to 40Gbits/s. For data transfer, the ThunderSync3-16 delivers the maximum rate possible. Connect 16 x USB 3.2 devices and each port will deliver 5Gbps. Connect USB ...
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  • 1kV isolated voltage sensors meet IRIS for rail traction

    1kV isolated voltage sensors meet IRIS for rail traction
    LEM is aiming at rail traction and industrial applications with a series of isolated voltage sensors for ac, dc and pulsed use. DVC 1000 series sensors are panel-mount and measure 29 x 51 x 89mm – 131.6cm3– and 57g.  A DIN rail mounting adaptor is an option. “LEM developed the DVC 1000 to be compliant with the ...
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  • Dc-dc works straight from 400V EV battery

    Dc-dc works straight from 400V EV battery
    Power Integrations has qualified its 550V LinkSwitch-TN2 dc-dc converter IC to AEC-Q100 for automotive use. Designed for non-isolated down-conversion, and numbered LNK3206GQ, it can deliver 7W in a fly-back circuit or 360mA in buck converter form, from 60 to 550Vdc in either case. Regulation, claims the company, i sbetter than +/-5% across line voltage, load, temperature and ...
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  • Canada signs up to build Canadarm3 for Lunar Gateway

    Canada signs up to build Canadarm3 for Lunar Gateway
    Canada has formalised its involvement in the Lunar Gateway program by committing to build the space robotics system that is dubbed Canadarm3. Navdeep Bains – Canada’s Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry – announced Canada intends to enter into a contract with Brampton-based company MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates (MDA) to build the system. It will ...
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  • 400W Infra-red laser diodes for metal welding

    400W Infra-red laser diodes for metal welding
    A German project has revealed 400W infra-red laser diode bars for welding metals. “About 10 years ago, the best laser bars achieved a power of 200W with an efficiency of about 63%,” according to Osram. “Five years later, an output of 250W at an efficiency of no less than 60% was expected to be the ...
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  • Renesas adds SOTB-based controller to RE line-up

    Renesas adds SOTB-based controller to RE line-up
    The newest member of the RE01 Group lineup is a 256 kilobytes (KB) flash memory variant in addition to the 1.5 megabytes (MB) flash memory embedded controller, already in mass production. Featuring a minimum 3.16 mm × 2.88 mm package size, the new embedded controller is optimized for use in more compact product designs in ...
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  • $1bn market for SiC and GaN

    $1bn market for SiC and GaN
    The market for SiC and GaN power semiconductors is forecast to pass $1 billion in 2021, driven by demand from EVs, power supplies and photovoltaic inverters, according to Omdia. Worldwide revenue from sales of SiC and GaN power semiconductors is projected to rise to $854 million by the end of 2020, up from $571 million ...
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  • Versarien gets £5m Innovate UK loan for graphene production

    Versarien gets £5m Innovate UK loan for graphene production
    Versarien the Cheltenham advanced materials engineering group, has received a £5 million loan from Innovate UK Loans Limited. Innovate UK has been running an extended pilot innovation loans programme over the past three years with £75 million committed to the scheme with normal loan amounts of up to £1million. The innovation loans are targeted at UK small ...
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  • Samsung supplied half the smartphone memory market in Q1

    Samsung supplied half the smartphone memory market in Q1
    Samsung supplied half the memories in smartphones in Q1, reports Strategy Analytics. Figure 1. Smartphone Memory DRAM Market Revenue Share Q1 2020 (Graphic: Business Wire) Samsung, Hynix and Micron took almost 84% of the revenue from smartphone memory market in Q1 2020. Samsung had 44% of the NAND revenues from smartphones followed by Kioxia with 21% ...
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  • Amazon Web services aim for space with new space business segment

    Amazon Web services aim for space with new space business segment
    Amazon has announced that it is introducing a new business segment dedicated to the aerospace and satellite industry. The Aerospace and Satellite Solutions business segment will bring AWS services to space enterprises, it says, and work with customers and partners around the world. A company blog post by Teresa Carlson, vp for Amazon Web Services’ ...
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  • Purdue on track to spawn 275 startups

    Purdue on track to spawn 275 startups
    Purdue University will have spawned 275 startups within the next 12 months backed by more than $400 million dollars in VC support and other investments, making it the third best US university for startup creation according to IP Watchdog. Companies have invested $2.3 billion to acquire 10 Purdue startups, which are: Endocyte Inc., a life ...
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  • Rohm op-amp eliminates oscillation due to load capacitance.

    Rohm op-amp eliminates oscillation due to load capacitance.
    Rohm is claiming “industry’s first high-speed op-amp that eliminates oscillation due to load capacitances” for its 10V/μs BD77501G – which is not quite true unless some further caveats are added as, for example, ADI’s ‘C-Load’ op-amps are stable with any capacitance – LT1364 can hit 1,000V/μs. Rohm’s branding for capacitive tolerance is ‘Nano Cap’. BD77501G is ...
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  • Commercial AI is likely to cheat you, unless trained not to

    Artificial intelligence that tricks you into paying more for things has come under the academic spotlight in a project by Swiss lab EPFL and British partners. The research into unethical AI is from the point of view of companies that do not want their AI to give them a reputation for tricking people. It finds ...
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  • A step on the road to skyrmion memories

    A step on the road to skyrmion memories
    US researchers have manipulated fixed magnetic skyrmions using voltages, offering a possible route to skyrmion memory. Magnetic skyrmions are self-contained stable spin fields that share some characteristics with particles. They can be only a few nanometres across, and in certain circumstances can be created, destroyed and manipulated with very little energy, leading to them being ...
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  • Qualcomm makes a smartwatch chip

    Qualcomm makes a smartwatch chip
    Qualcomm has come up with a chip for smartwatches called  Wear 4100.   It is made on a 12 nm process and has four 1.7GHz Cortex A53 CPUs. A “+” version of the chip is for watches with an always-on displsy. It has dual DSPs which deliver, says Qualcomm  “optimal workload partitioning, support for dynamic ...
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  • Socionext, ZifiSense and Techsor developing SoC for ZETag

    Socionext, ZifiSense and Techsor developing SoC for ZETag
    Socionext, ZiFiSense and Techsor are  jointly starting development of an SoC for ZETag – a low cost, low power consumption IC tag. The companies plan to complete a prototype chip in 2020 and start volume production in 2021. The ZETag SoC will incorporate the LPWA ZETA-G protocol proposed by ZiFiSense with Socionext’s design expertise in ...
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  • O-RAN compatible DC/DC converters for RFPA

    O-RAN compatible DC/DC converters for RFPA
    Flex Power Modules is working with OpenRAN, and O-RAN Alliance to broaden its range of isolated DC/DC converters for RFPA. The IEEE, says Flex Power, is stating that existing LTE RFPA solutions are not suitable for operation in the 5G range due to frequency incompatibility and, therefore, will not achieve high efficiency if use continues. ...
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  • Murata claims smallest MLCC

    Murata claims smallest MLCC
    Murata announces the development of what it believes to be the world’s smallest, laminated multilayer ceramic capacitor (MLCC) with a capacitance value of 1.0 μF in the 01005 inch size (0402M) measuring just 0.4 x 0.2mm x 0.2mm. The GRM022R60G105ME01 with a rated voltage of 4 Vdc is already in mass production and the GRM022R60J105M, ...
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  • GloFo qualifies 12LP+ finfet process

    GloFo qualifies 12LP+ finfet process
    GLOBALFOUNDRIES Says it has qualified its 12LP+ finfet process and is ready for production. GF’s differentiated 12LP+ solution is optimized for AI training and inference applications. 12LP+ introduces new features including an updated standard cell library, an interposer for 2.5D packaging, and a low-power 0.5V Vmin SRAM bitcell that supports the low latency and power-efficient shuttling ...
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  • PFC controller for 600W to 6kW comes with configuration software

    PFC controller for 600W to 6kW comes with configuration software
    STMicroelectronics has announced a power-factor correction controller for the front-end of ac-dc PSUs from 600W to 6kW. Called STNRGPF02, it implements a two-channel interleaved boost topology as well as in-rush current limiting. Operation is fixed-frequency continuous-conduction mode (CCM) with average current-mode control. “A blend of analogue and digital control combines a hardware analogue PI [proportional-integral] ...
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  • Self-hollowing nano-particles store lithium for batteries

    Self-hollowing nano-particles store lithium for batteries
    Spontaneously-hollowing antimony particles could increase the capacity of lithium ion cells, according to the Georgia Institute of Technology. “Intentionally engineering hollow nano-materials has been done for a while now, and it is a promising approach for improving the lifetime and stability of batteries with high energy density,” GaTech research engineer Matthew McDowell. “The problem has ...
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  • Automotive 1A PoL converter has PWM and PFM for better efficiency

    Automotive 1A PoL converter has PWM and PFM for better efficiency
    Diodes is aiming at automotive point-of-load converters with a 1A buck converter that can run from 5V and 3.3V rails. Output can span 600mV to 3.6V said the company, although one data brief says 800mV to 4V. Called AP61100Q, the chip has synchronous rectification – with a 110mΩ high-side mosfet and 80mΩ low-side mosfet. Operation ...
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  • DAB chips and modules for prettier user interfaces from Frontier

    Frontier is aiming at better-looking DAB+ radio products with a ‘Pro’ range of chips, modules and software. Its Kino 4-Pro chip has a larger memory than its earlier silicon, allowing features to be added without compromising performance. Siena-Pro is a module built around Kino 4-Pro. To ease migration, Kino 4-Pro and Siena-Pro are pin compatible ...
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  • Memory test and burn-in for 5G development labs

    Memory test and burn-in for 5G development labs
    Advantest’s H5620ES engineering test system is designed for burn-in and core testing of DDR4, DDR5 and LPDDR devices in laboratory environments. “Like its sister system, the H5620 production unit, the new tester parallel tests both DDR4 and DDR5 memories. It can accommodate memory ICs with 100MHz frequencies and 200Mbit/s data rates,” said the company, adding ...
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  • Varta gets €300m IPCEI R&D grant

    Varta gets €300m IPCEI R&D grant
    VARTA is to get €300 million via an IPCEI  (Important Project of Common European Interest) project. Funds are coming  from the German Federal Ministry of Economics (BMWi) and the states of Bavaria and Baden-Württemberg. The project will focus o developing small-format lithium-ion cells with higher energy densities.  These new battery formats are to be optimised on ...
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  • TSMC spent $3bn on R&D in 2019

    TSMC spent $3bn on R&D in 2019
    TSMC spent $2.959 billion on R&D last year, employing 6,534 R&D staff. The R&D budget was 8.5% of its 2019 sales of  $36 billion- a ratio it intends to maintain. The company expects to increase revenues by 14-19% this year. TSMC expects 10% of its wafer output to be on 5nm this year and volume ...
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  • Keynotes and topics announced for first-ever Wales Tech Week

    Keynotes and topics announced for first-ever Wales Tech Week
    The first-ever Wales Tech Week has confirmed more than 50 virtual events as part of the festival, which runs 13 – 17 July and is free to access. It is designed to showcase the Welsh technology industry and its applications in use across the world, and the first keynote is by Lee Waters MS, Deputy Minister ...
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  • Raytheon wins THAAD contract for GaN-based AN/TPY-2 radars

    Raytheon wins THAAD contract for GaN-based AN/TPY-2 radars
    Raytheon Technologies has been awarded a $2.3 billion contract, by the US government’s Missile Defense Agency, for seven gallium nitride (GaN)-based AN/TPY-2 radars. The radars will be part of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system, which is designed to detect incoming ballistic missiles. Specifically, Raytheon Missiles & Defense – one of the four ...
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  • Multicrimp pliers for different cable diameters

    Multicrimp pliers for different cable diameters
    For D-Sub as well as M12 and M8 crimp sleeves, PROVERTHA offers new cost-effective Multicrimp pliers in four versions (TMCCH1 to TMCCH4) for different cable diameters. The pliers can be used universally and flexibly with a Multicrimp die for four or eight spanner sizes. This means that one pair of pliers can be used for ...
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  • Infineon adds package to CoolSIC module family

    Infineon adds package to CoolSIC module family
    Infineon has added another industry standard package to its CoolSiC MOSFET 1200 V module family. The 62 mm device has been designed in half-bridge topology and is based on the trench chip technology. It opens up SiC for applications in the medium power range starting at 250 kW – where silicon reaches the limits of ...
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  • Eval board for fast charging over USB-C

    Eval board for fast charging over USB-C
     ST has created a USB Implementers Forum (USB-IF) certified evaluation board for up to 100W PPS USB Power Sinking Devices (PSD) that helps developers accelerate new designs and supports certification of the end product. The aim is to facilitate modernisation of battery-powered products to capture the advantages of the latest USB Power Delivery (USB PD) ...
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  • High speed photo couplers work at 2.2V

    High speed photo couplers work at 2.2V
    Toshiba has introduced a pair of fast opto-couplers that will work from 2.2V, allowing them to work from the 2.5V rail of LVCMOS, for example, as well as up to 5.5V. Typical 3.3V data rates are: TLP2312 5Mbit/s TLP2372 20Mbit/s The threshold input current of 1.6mAmax and the supply current of 0.5mAmax at entire operating temperature ...
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  • Farnell launches AIoT e-book

    Farnell launches AIoT e-book
    Farnell has launched a new e-book: “The era of AIoT: Context, Capabilities and Future of AIoT” AI and IoT are changing the nature of work across the globe. AI is not a new concept, what began in the 1950s has grown into a key technology of today with significant potential, opening up new market opportunities ...
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  • Waterproof pogo pins connect in soaking environments

    Waterproof pogo pins connect in soaking environments
    Adam Tech Interconnects has created waterproof spring-loaded ‘pogo’ pins. Such pins, soldered through one PCB, allow them to connect to copper pads on another PCB, or to other conductive objects, with some tolerance to mating distance variation. “These DIP Pins are designed with an inner rubber seal and offer an IP rating to prevent moisture ...
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  • Sony to add subscription service to image sensors

    Sony to add subscription service to image sensors
    Sony is to try and establish a data analytics service as an extension of its image sensor business. Recently Sony produced an integrated image sensor and AI processor. It can be reprogrammed remotely by wireless. Sony’s idea is to establish a subscription-based or licensing-based service which will interpret the processed data for customers’ applications. Sony’s ...
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  • First Chinese memories to be on the market in H2

    First Chinese memories to be on the market in H2
    China’s first domestic NAND chips will be on the market in H2, according to the co-CTO of Yangtze Memories, “We will have built a wide range of system memory products with our own brand for not only personal computers, enterprises storage, cloud computing solutions, but also to high-end smartphones, and to setup boxes, tablets, and ...
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  • FB hit by ad boycott

    FB hit by ad boycott
    Over 90 companies have pulled out of advertising with Facebook because of the company’s attitude to taking down hate speech. Former advertisers which have pulled out include: PepsiCo, Honda, Levi Strauss, Bauer, Hershey’s, Coca Cola, Mozilla,Upwork, Dockers, lululemon, Magnolia Pictures, Birchbox, Ben & Jerry’s, REI, The North Face, Patagonia and Verizon. Facebook attracts ad revenue ...
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  • LoRaWAN HAT for Raspberry Pi

    LoRaWAN HAT for Raspberry Pi
    A LoRaWAN Gateway with RAK2245 Pi HAT on a Raspberry Pi 4 mini PC is described on Hackster.io by  Attila Tőkés. The RAK2245 is a Raspberry Pi HAT featuring a LoRaWAN multichannel concentrator module (SX1301) and a GPS module (Ublox MAX-7Q). There are multiple versions with support for all the major frequency regions (EU433, CN470, ...
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  • SiC and GaN gain market traction

    SiC and GaN gain market traction
    Following the glitch in auto production this year, the power SiC market’s growth will be only 7% in 2020, says Yole Developpement, with the biggest impact in Q2 and Q3. Automotive has now become the driver for SiC after the first commercialisation of SiC diodes saw the power SiC device market driven by power supply ...
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  • Tsinghua Unigroup to start on DRAM fab this year

    Tsinghua Unigroup to start on DRAM fab this year
    Tsinghua Unigroup is to  break ground on a DRAM fab this year, accotding the the Nikkei, It will be China’s third venture into DRAM manufacturing.  Jinhua IC was abandoned when the US refused to send it equipment. Chanxin Memories, formerly called Innotron and before that called Hefei is said to have started production in Q4 ...
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  • Virgin Galactic completes second test flight of SpaceShipTwo

    Virgin Galactic completes second test flight of SpaceShipTwo
    Virgin Galactic has successfully completed the second SpaceShipTwo test flight from Spaceport America, in the Jornada del Muerto desert basin in New Mexico. The company is specialising in human spaceflight for private individuals and researchers, as well as being a manufacturer of air and space vehicles. The flight marks a milestone toward the launch of ...
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  • Royal Society takes its Summer Science Exhibition online

    Royal Society takes its Summer Science Exhibition online
    This year, in the wake of Covid-19, the Royal Society’s Summer Science Exhibition is going online. Running from 13 – 17 July, the free event aims to celebrate advances in science and scientific research. It features a week of interactive quizzes, creative challenges and a range of talks on science topics, including the science of ...
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  • Government to buy 20% of OneWeb satellite system

    Government to buy 20% of OneWeb satellite system
    The government is reported to be proposing to spend $500 million buying 20% of OneWeb, the bankrupt satellite company. OneWeb has launched 74 out of a planned constellation of 648 satellites. If a buyer cannot be found for them, the UK government, as the licensing authority, has to take responsibility for them. OneWeb makes low-orbit ...
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  • Huawei gets planning permission for $1bn Cambridgeshire R&D facility

    Huawei gets planning permission for $1bn Cambridgeshire R&D facility
    South Cambridgeshire District Council has given Huawei planning permission to build a$1 billion R&D facility in Sawston village. The permission was granted despite reservations expressed by the Parish Council of Little Shelford about the development’s impact on nesting birds. Others to object were the US Secretary of State and the US ambassador to the UK. ...
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